Pop Pop’s BBQ, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

UPDATE: I just noticed that on Pop Pop’s menu the dessert listing includes “Fresh Fried Pork Skins.”  Respect! ########## Continuing my post-Thanksgiving barbecue eating trip to South Carolina, I headed back to the Marriott Grand Dunes in Myrtle Beach after lunch at Scott’s, where I was staying to burn up a few unused Vacation Club points.  I walked on the beach for a couple of … Continue reading Pop Pop’s BBQ, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Scott’s Bar-B-Que, Hemingway, South Carolina

Scott’s Bar-B-Que is the stuff of legend.  I first heard about it, oh, over 40 years ago, but never went because it really takes a special trip to get there.  The 426 residents of Hemingway live well off the road to anywhere else, and there was never much reason for anyone to go there except to go back home after they’d left.  That changed in … Continue reading Scott’s Bar-B-Que, Hemingway, South Carolina

Sweet Lew’s Barbecue, Charlotte, North Carolina

BREAKING NEWS Sinclair and Eric Lee, familiar to you as our Senior Western North Carolina Correspondents, have informed me of a new good barbecue place in Charlotte.   I trust them.  Sinclair is from Wilson, North Carolina, and Eric is from Birmingham, Alabama.  And you need trustworthy correspondents in Charlotte.  You will remember that Michelle Obama created a controversy by claiming, before the Democratic convention … Continue reading Sweet Lew’s Barbecue, Charlotte, North Carolina

Best Dressing for Roasted Turkey

It’s been weeks since you roasted a turkey, so get ready to roast another one.  It may seem soon, but, after all, you won’t have to roast another one for 11 months.  Remember that while the turkey is the centerpiece of the meal, the real stars are the sides.  How often do you get to eat gravy.  Really?  That often!  For me the real star … Continue reading Best Dressing for Roasted Turkey

The Dock at Crayton Cove, Naples, Florida

As I mentioned in my review of the Snook Inn, Nancy and I got together for lunch with one of  my high school classmates at Indian Springs, Al Hudson, and his wife Dorothy.  At that time, Al and Dorothy were about to pull up stakes in Naples to live a nomad’s life, traveling around the US and Europe with the seasons.   A year later, we … Continue reading The Dock at Crayton Cove, Naples, Florida

Da Vinci, Marco Island, Florida

Let’s get back to Florida. Da Vinci is definitely my favorite non-seafood restaurant on Marco Island.  It’s a more  upscale restaurant — a lot more than some of the places I eat  —  situated in a small multi-restaurant development across the street from the Marriott Crystal Shores, where we stay in Marco.  The adjacent outside eating areas of Da Vinci, Marco Prime, and the Oyster … Continue reading Da Vinci, Marco Island, Florida

Protect Yourself: A Figgy Pudding Recipe

I’d like to thank John Rancke and Coach4aday for bringing an important issue to my attention. The Holidays can be a dangerous time of year.  The streets and sidewalks often are icy.   Drivers are distracted.  Your local government has hired hundreds of professional jostlers to bump into people in major shopping area, and to snatch the toy that your child wanted — the last … Continue reading Protect Yourself: A Figgy Pudding Recipe

Dolphin Tiki Bar and Grill, Marco Island, Florida

Everyone in Marco Island knows about the Dolphin Tiki Bar and Grill, but, curiously, no one knows how to find it.  Even more curiously, even though it’s almost impossible to find, there always seems to be a wait for a table or a seat at the bar.  The Google Maps app tells you that you have “arrived at destination” with no restaurant in sight.  Nancy … Continue reading Dolphin Tiki Bar and Grill, Marco Island, Florida

Allen and Son Barbeque is No More

The Raleigh News and Observer has reported that Allen and Son Barbeque, outside Chapel Hill, North Carolina, closed suddenly on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, a date that will live in infamy. Allen and Son has been around for 48 years.  It has earned a spot on  True ‘Cue for cooking exclusively with wood, the way God intended, and is on the North Carolina Barbecue Society’s Barbecue Trail map. … Continue reading Allen and Son Barbeque is No More